In celebration of our 300th article we pay homage to photographer/film-maker and founder of Mirage Magazine, Henrik Purienne. No-one manages to capture the beauty of the female body and spirit only slightly the way he does. His work is highly erotic, but not in a cheap way at all. “Very 70s playboy meets 80s national geographic”. He also shot some campaigns for American Apparel, only the good ones of course. The pictures are timeless, yet they hit the vein of our present beau ideal.
Interview with Esquire:
E: You started out taking pictures of your friends and girlfriends – is that just what girls look like where you from?
P: Sure I’ve been trying to get less attractive friends, but it’s tough in South Africa.
E: Are there any british woman you’d like to photograph?
P: If I could travel back in time, I would love to shoot Charlotte Rampling, Pattie Boyd, Sue Murray, Ingrid Boulting, Vickie Hodge and, of course, Marianne Faithfull
E: What is your definition of sexiness?
P: A nonchalant attitude, a genetic disposition, tanned skin, secretly being really poor or really rich, a hot ass, guilty feet. You know, the usual.
E: What is your favourite part of a woman’s body to photograph?
P: Mmm…it’s between her Soul and her Aura. Or wait, it’s her ass. Again. (Secretly it’s her face)
E: How do you make subjects feel relaxed when you take their picture?
P: I just call them aside and talk to them softly while stroking their hair.
E: How old are you?
P: Young enough not to care.